You’ve probably heard a variation of the phrase “people get the government they deserve”.
But does that apply to our public broadcaster as well?

Three national television stations.
Three national radio stations.
But where is the programming that speaks to you?
Where are the minds that speak for you?

So many worthwhile shows, so much classy, and classic, programming.
Along with a phenomenal effort to keep pace with the advances of the internet.
Yet for many, the content still falls short. Something’s missing.

Very simply.
There have got to be better programs that the CBC could be doing.


  1. Anon
    Posted February 4, 2010 at 3:35 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    And the Dominion Observatory Time Signal….

  2. Jianonymous
    Posted February 3, 2010 at 10:17 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Whaaaaaaaahhhhhh!!!! Whaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh!!!!!

    “Why don’t you write about THIS, Allan?”
    “Why don’t you write about THAT, Allan?”

    Do you want Allan to tie your shoelaces as well?

  3. Anonymous
    Posted February 3, 2010 at 8:22 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    ‘February 2, 2010 at 7:56 pm’ back again:
    Allan raises valid points (February 3, 2010 at 8:10 am) but his rather unhealthy fixation on Jian and George does tend to diminish the potential value of this blog. Not that I’m at all a fan of either fella, but they are hardly responsible for everything that ever goes awry at the CBC. Why doesn’t Allan beat up on Steven & Chris, or that ubiquitous and possibly sociopathic Kevin O’Leary, or the perky-but-pointless young pretties on ‘Connect with Mark Kelley’. God knows there are many potential targets. Let’s acknowledge the diversity and lay-off the obvious twosome for, say, a month. Think of it as TeaMakers Lent.

  4. Anonymous
    Posted February 3, 2010 at 11:39 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Hear hear Anon 6:49. It’s The Hatemakers with George & Jian!

    Allan is his own one man wack pack.

  5. Anonymous
    Posted February 3, 2010 at 11:13 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Maybe we’re all just a little tired of these guys telling everyone they’re telling “The Canadian Story.” Really? What part of the Canadian story does Hulk Hogan fit into?

  6. Anonymous
    Posted February 3, 2010 at 6:49 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Maybe it’s time for this blog to officially change its mandate to just hating on Jian and George?

  7. anonymous
    Posted February 3, 2010 at 12:11 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    It’s not all shit. Mostly just Jian and George.

  8. anon in OT
    Posted February 2, 2010 at 9:52 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Good for you Anonymous 7:36! At last someone stands up and has the guts to say something positive about the CBC. If it’s all shit as Alan and his gang contend why do they care so much about it’s future? It’s not all shit! Some is crap, most is mediocre to good, some is excellent! Just like Canadian society and just like life!

    Thanks again!

  9. Anonymous
    Posted February 2, 2010 at 7:56 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Well, a lot of it must be on Radio One. Andy Barrie is leaving ‘Metro Morning’ at a time when it’s a strong #1 in the most complex and competitive market in the country, and R1 stations in other cities are just as successful with many at #1 or #2 overall (Radio 2, not so much. But Radio 3 is very popular). And, CBC-TV is attracting the biggest audiences in modern, multi-channel history with an all-Canadian prime-time schedule. So, bitch all you want about Mother Corp’s many shortcomings, these may actually turn out to be the “golden years” future Tea Maker whiners will fondly recall.

    • Allan
      Posted February 3, 2010 at 8:10 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

      The George/Jian years will not be known as the golden years.
      Any “success” that they or you want to lay claim to is as fake as their pretensions to be “journalists”.
      All, ALL of what they take credit for has nothing whatsoever to do with their personalities or ideas, and everything to do with the power of a national broadcasting service.
      In other words, Al Gore would still have been on the CBC for an hour or more even if these two had never been born.

      If you were to glance over the above post itself, you might just find the odd positive remark about CBC programs. Look again, and see how much of that is bitching about the CBC.

      What would a better CBC sound and look like?
      That’s a very good question.
      What’s apparent, and finds there’s less argument about, is that a better CBC would involve some changes at News Network, mid-morning CBC Radio 1, almost all of CBC Radio 2, late night television, and some of The National.
      These are problem areas in programming content and integrity with the current CBC, that by coincide reflect most directly on current management.
      Current management cannot go taking credit for As It Happens, Quirks & Quarks, The Fifth Estate.
      And no one is complaining about the arts on CBC or taking away from Blades, Dragons, Mercer.
      It’s in in its public affairs programming that we see a lack of courage, an abundance of cynicism towards the public, and a need for some Geritol.
      So where to begin? Generalities or specifics?
      Can we, perhaps some of us, take a moment to consider this?

  10. anon in OT
    Posted February 2, 2010 at 2:37 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    And what exactly would this look/sound like oh wise one?

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